A fable written by Steven James in his book, Sailing between the Stars:
The craftsman fingered the flute he had just made. “My child, you’re newly born, but already pregnant. You’re pregnant with wedding songs and funeral dirges and lyrical tunes of the traveling bands. The music of the world lies in your heart, and the songs of the ages sleep in your soul.”
And the flute was silent in reply to all his words.
“Ah, how could I expect you to answer me?” he laughed. “You’re empty and haven’t yet learned to sing. But now, the waiting is over.” He lifted the flute to his lips and added, “It’s time to give birth to a song!”
And he began to play.
And as his breath gave life to the song, the flute finally replied to her maker. And her song was so sweet and the melody was alive and she brought tears to the eyes of the old man, even though he was the one who played the music and he already knew the song.
Still, she made him cry.
Just as he had designed her to do.
I’ve been reading Sailing Between the Stars bit by bit before I turn out the lamp at the end of my day. (Unlike the Proverbs 31 Woman who never turns out her lamp.)Steven James is a captivating story-teller, and this fable spoke deep into my soul.
I knew it had to be shared with my friends. It’s beautiful and creative like you. It’s a wonderful portrait of our destiny. Our Calling. Our Purpose.
I love how the flute maker knows his creation; He knows its purpose and the beauty it can make, but despite that knowledge the flute maker is moved by the music of his flute.
When he breathes life into her, her song brings tears to his eyes.
When she sings, his heart is stirred.
Even though he knew she could sing such beauty, he is with her in the moment.
And in that moment even the maker is touched by his creation’s song.
[tweetability]Your Maker is so proud of you, and His heart is stirred when you fulfill your daily purpose.[/tweetability]
Even though He knows the future, it never takes Him away from the present. He is with us in the moment.
The flute could not sing without the breath of her maker. Neither can we. Our purpose was never meant to be fulfilled on our own. Never.
[tweetability]Purpose is always a team effort.[/tweetability]
May we take time today and every day to sit with our Maker and wait for Him to breathe life into us. Our song will stir more hearts if we do.
The Lord be with you!
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Have a great weekend! Happy Mothers Day! See you Monday. I’ll announce the winner of the drawing with the Bite of Bread.